Nearly all of these images were taken at one of two places; the Fairbanks Community Gardens, or the University of Alaska Fairbanks Botanical gardens. I feel very lucky to have access to both. Our family has gardened for many years at the community gardens here in Fairbanks. One of the best parts of having a plot at the gardens is getting to see and learn from other gardeners. One gardener in particular has several plots that she devotes to perennial flowers, some native, some not, but all able to survive our dark winters and thrive in our summers. Because of the diversity she has planted, there is always something blooming from spring through into late fall.
The other gardens that I feel privileged to have close by are the UAF botanical gardens. UAF has had an agricultural research station since it’s start. Part of that station includes the gardens they grow to test various plants. In addition to the functional part of the gardens, they also plant a wide variety of more decorative plants in beds surrounding the research beds. Over the years the decorative beds have been expanded and now comprise about half of the gardens. It is both a research garden as well as one laid out to be enjoyed by the visiting public. It also has flowers from early spring to late fall.
I do like wildflowers better, especially when I can find them in their natural setting, but the diversity and beauty of flowers, domestic or wild is still amazing and a lot of fun to capture using my camera.